Calling All Cyclists Aged 18 to 25

October 21, 2015

The countdown begins!

On November 2, 2016, our Young Adult Bike Travel Scholarship opens for applications. We’re looking for people between the ages of 18 and 25 who are excited about traveling by bike! This year we’re adding two more scholarships for a total of four.

Alice Viana, one of our 2014 winners.

The Young Adult Bike Travel Scholarship program was developed in response to our members’ overwhelming enthusiasm and commitment to the Adventure Cycling mission to inspire and empower people of all ages to travel by bicycle. Whether you are new to bicycle travel or looking to build your outdoor leadership skills this program is here to help get you in the saddle and out on the road by providing scholarships to young adults aged 18 to 25.

Each of our two scholarship tracks are designed to support riders of varying levels of experience and cover the cost of attending one of our education courses. In addition to providing transportation, accommodation, and course fees, Adventure Cycling will also hook you up with the right gear to plan your next adventure.

Intro to Bike Travel Scholarship

Do you have dreams of going on a self-supported bicycle tour but aren't quite ready to hit the road? This award is for riders who have not done overnight bike before and are interested in attending one of our Intro to Road Touring courses.

Two scholarships cover:

  • Adventure Cycling's Intro to Road Touring course.
  • Transportation to and from the course, meals, and accommodations.
  • A new touring bicycle equipped with bike travel gear, such as panniers, racks and camping gear!

In short, you'll receive everything necessary to embark on a lifetime of bicycle travel.

Alice Viana fixes a flat.

Outdoor Leadership Scholarship

Do you have some bike travel experience but want to hone your the leadership skills to embark on a future as a leader in bike travel? This award is for riders interested in developing their tour planning and leadership skills by attending our Leadership Training Course.

Each award covers:

  • Adventure Cycling's Leadership Training Course.
  • Transportation to and from course, meals, and accommodations during course.
  • A gift certificate to our Cyclosource catalog/online store to update your gear.
  • A self-contained Adventure Cycling tour of your choice (transportation not included).

In short, you'll receive the skills and experience necessary to embark on a lifetime of bicycle-travel leadership.

Upon completion of the course... 

you'll perform an outreach activity for your community and peers to promote bicycle touring. You'll also submit field reports (two reports for the Intro to Bike Travel Scholarship winners and three reports for the Outdoor Leadership Scholarship winners)to be posted on Adventure Cycling's blog. Start thinking about interesting ways to engage and educate your community about bike travel.

Check out the blog posts past winners:

2014 winners Alice Viana and John Nguyen.

Submit your application for the 2016 Young Adult Bike Travel Scholarship here starting November 2, 2015. All applications must be received by midnight (EST) December 31, 2015. Winners will be announced March 1, 2016.

Interested in supporting this program! Donate now.

Want to donate a product for our scholarship winners or have a question about the program? Please contact Annette Stahelin at (406) 721-1776 or

Photo credit 1 & 2: Ruth Miller


The Thomas Stevens Fan Club is brought to you by the development team, Annette, April, and Michelle. They share an office with a classic Parisian Metropole bicycle. Want to know more about how you can support Adventure Cycling and all the amazing work they do? Call them at 406-532-2760 or email them at


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